March 23rd, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Judge rules against lesbian high schooler in prom case

[Updated, 5:02 p.m.] In his 12-page order, U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied a motion for an injunction filed by Constance McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, against the Itawamba County School District's superintendent, the school's principal and its assistant principal.

In his order, Davidson ruled that McMillen failed to show that granting the injunction would serve the public interest.

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[Posted, 4:44 p.m.] A federal judge on Tuesday said he would not order a school district to hold a prom that it had canceled after an openly lesbian student asked to attend with her girlfriend.

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  1. Nancy

    This is just sad! Just when you think we've come so far, something happens to show how much further we have to go. It's a shame that bigotry and discrimination are so openly allowed in some schools, in some states. What are we teaching our children about respecting others and getting along with this type of attitude? I'm married and will be 50 this year, and I know that two lesbians going to prom is not the end of the world. On the contrary, it teaches tolerance. Shame on that school district and shame on any state that breeds intolerance like that.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. just my opinion

    If every female is lesbian and every male is gay, then within one generation, there will be no human race left on Earth. Do you really still think being Gay or Lesbian is Normal. Give me a break.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bryan

    How about some background information on this article? This is terrible reporting.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. henry

    Good. We shouldn't be pandering to these people.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    That's silly. If we can force people to buy insurance, we can force a school to hold its prom.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Crush1800

    GOOD, the Judge did the right thing. I feel very good about this. Thank You Judge. One thing to be gay, lesbian, or straight. One should follow rules. She, they tried to buck the system, get NOTORIETY for a purpose to disrupt. The LAW has spoken...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MoniqueR

    I wonder how many people went "stag" when they were in high school with a group of girls? How many of them were actually "in the closet lesbians?" This is really sad. If she never said this young lady was her girlfriend, the prom would still be happening. So, so sad!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. suzanne

    Pure bigotry. If a non-lesbrian girl was stood up by her male date and decided to attend with her non-lesbrian girlfriend, would the prom have also been cancelled? When are we
    collectively going to grow up enough to think beyond the bounds of our individual prejudices. I feel sorry for every student in that school and shame on the school district who initiated this. Boo Hiss!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rc

    Nice one Judge! You have to appreciate how the judge ruled in her favor legally but then turned around and used his pulpit to discriminate against the girl despite his own ruling.

    His ruling: You were right, they discriminated against you, but I do not like gays either so I am going to enforce their punishment on you myself.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed

    Well lets see. I guess us gays are trying to be forced back into the closet. This country does not uphold the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. It is ruled by the Bible as long as you fit their mold and the hell with everyone else. You don't deserve to be treat equal. This country needs to kill religion if it wants its freedom and equality. Religious leaders sure brainwashed everyone into believing that science fiction. They start when one is born and don't quit until your dead. How else would they have all the free money in the world and be able to boost their ego narastioc way of life. All courtrs are rules by ones up bringing and thoughts that they have been beaten over the head with. It this was no true then we would all have the same rights and prividleges as anyone else.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vickie Ernst

    This is just ridiculous. I have three grown daughters, my youngest one is gay. This is another example of a life long struggle she will have to enjoy the same rights her two straight sisters currently enjoy. She can't get married (we live in Texas), she doens't have the same legal rights, civil rights or financial opportunities because of who she is. At some point people will wake up and realize, this is not a lifestyle, it isn't a choice, it is the way she was born. I am extremely proud of her courage, love of life and ability to plow ahead, despite the ignorance of a country that refuses to accept her as a equal member of society.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. reviewnaut

    That's... quite the story. Took all day on this one I gather?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. buck

    Not everyone is excepting of alternative lifestyles, like it or not.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vincent B

    Y'all gotta set a spell and realize whats what here. After y'all set a spell y'all gotta note that sumpin very strange and queer is going on here.

    To the good students, who had their prom ruined, perhaps a similar event can be held in the rec hall of a good bible believing church!

    y'all have a good time y'hear!!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Willy J

    Actually the school will not be forced to hold the prom, but the judge DID say her constitutional righst were denied and there will be a trial later.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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